On 12 March 2019, the State Duma adopted in its final reading a draft federal law “On Digital Rights”, amending parts one, two, and article 1124 of part three of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation (the “Law”).
A draft Federal Law supplementing the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation with three new offenses in connection with dissemination in the media and the information networks, including the Internet, of false socially significant information under the guise of reliable messages (the so-called "fake news"), and measures of liability for their commission depending on severity of consequences was adopted by the State Duma in its final reading.
In 2019 Russia is ranked according to the World Bank 31st out of 190 economies in terms of ease of doing business in general, 32d for starting a business, 12th for registering property and 18th for enforcing contracts.
Guidelines for the selection of trade names of medicines and for manufacturing of finished dosage forms in the Eurasian Economic Union
The Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) approved on 29 January 2019 the Recommendations on the Guidelines for the Selection of Trade Names of Medicinal Products and the Guidelines for Manufacturing of Finished Dosage Forms of Medicinal Products in order to eliminate differences in the requirements for the manufacturing of finished dosage forms of medicines in Eurasian Member States Economic Union (EAEU).
On 1 January 2019 amendments to the Federal Laws “On the Basics of State Regulation of Trading Activities in the Russian Federation” and “On the Use of Cash Registers when Making Settlements in the Russian Federation”, introduced by Federal Law No. 488 – FZ of 25.12.2018, came into force, providing for the creation of a state information system for monitoring the circulation of commodities subject to mandatory labeling by means of identification, and requirements to it.
This review highlights some significant changes in federal laws and other regulatory legal acts in Russia that regulate the circulation of medicines.
On 1 January 2019, amendments to the Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 102 of 05.02.2015 that provides for restrictions and conditions for the admission of certain types of medical devices originating from foreign countries for the purpose of procurement for state and municipal needs ("Resolution No. 102") and the Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation dated November 30, 2015 No. 1289 that establishes the restrictions and conditions for admission for the purposes of procurement to ensure the state and municipal needs of medicinal products originating from foreign countries included in the list of vital and essential drugs (VED) ("Resolution No. 1289"), came into force.
On 26 November 2018, the Office of the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) in the Central Federal District initiated an administrative case against Google, LLC due to the company's failure to fulfill its obligations to connect to the federal state information system containing a list of information resources, information and telecommunication networks, access to which is restricted in Russia (FGIS ).
Since August 10, 2017, the Federal Law of July 29, 2017 No. 216-FZ has been in effect in Russia, providing for the legal basis for establishment and operation of innovation scientific and technological centres in order to implement the priorities of the scientific and technological development of the Russian Federation, increase the investment attractiveness of research and development, the commercialisation of their results, incentives for persons involved in the implementation of such projects, the features of their activities, including urban planning, educational and medical activities (the "Law No. 216-FZ").
Administrative and criminal liability for a failure to remove information damaging business reputation in the Internet
Since April 23, 2018, the provisions of the Federal Law No. 229-ФЗ "On Enforcement Proceedings" dated October 2, 2007, regulate the procedure for enforcement of the requirement contained in the executive document to remove information distributed on the Internet that defames the honor, dignity or damages business reputation of a citizen or damages business reputation of a legal entity.
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